Nigeria to review conventional methods of fighting insurgency ~Vice President
Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the government will need to do more and review the conventional means of tackling insurgency and insecurity in the country.
Osinbajo, who spoke in Lafia, Nasarrawa noted that the country has to do a lot more local intelligence and strengthen its community policing efforts to unravel the challenges posed by Boko Haram.
The Vice President spoke against the backdrop of the killing of about 43 farmers by Boko Haram elements on Sunday in part of Borno State.
“It’s important to understand also that we will probably need to keep reviewing the conventional means of dealing with some of these issues, these security challenges, especially the randomness.
“Which is why the President has said that he is taking a serious look at how to deal with the issues, especially the randomness: some insane person goes into a place and shoots people, that is not the sort of thing that you are prepared for conventionally.
“We have to do a lot more local intelligence and some of the community policing efforts we are planning on, so that information is supplied faster, especially at the local level and then a reaction will then be possible,” Osinbajo was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman Laolu Akande.
“It is a major tragedy; it’s a very unfortunate thing and our hearts are with the family of those who were killed in such a terrible manner.
We are very confident and the Federal Government will continue to do what it needs to do especially in terms of trying to ensure security in the Northeast and all over Nigeria.
“You’ve heard the President and what he has to say, especially some of the new ideas around security and the security architecture which we are trying to put in place. We will get there,”. Osinbajo stated.